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08/12/2010 - Ambush witness

ANOTHER witness in the ambush of businesswoman Debbie Yu and her driver Sonny Boy Mahilum submitted his affidavit yesterday.

PO2 Cedric Castillo said he was headed home in Cabandan, Mandaue City when he saw the perpetrators texting and their helmets slung over the handlebars of their motorcycles that were parked in sitio Pilit.

He said he saw one of two motorcycle riders fire at a Toyota Fortuner boarded by Yu and driven by Mahilum. Castillo said he tried to chase them but they sped away.

Three suspects identified as Rodelito Buenavista, John Joy Palo-palo and Orbel Inihao earlier pointed to Maritess 'Barbie' Velasco as the alleged mastermind in the ambush.

Charges of murder and attempted murder were filed against the six suspects while a special case for illegal firearms possession were filed against Velasco and her husband Jonh Joy Palo-palo the other day. /Correspondent Jucell Marie P. Cuyos


TB cases Going up

SMOKING and drinking have led to an increase in tuberculosis cases in Cebu, the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) said yesterday.

Dr. Enrique Sancho, Communicable Disease Section Head for the Center for Health Development in Central Visayas, said smoking is prevalent among males in the lower economic class.

Most TB cases affect males aged 15 to 45 years old.

Sancho said children are more susceptible to TB now and should undergo tuberalic testing since lab results can't show if their lungs are affected.

Sancho said they recorded an 89 percent cure rate and 72 percent case detection for TB I the region or slightly higher than the 85 percent cure rate and 70 percent case detection in 2004-2006.

He said public and even some private hospitals are offering free medications for those diagnosed with TB.

There are currently 53 patients undergoing treatment in the Eversely Sanitarium in Mandaue City. /Correspondent Carmel Loise Matus

Road damage

CONTINUOUS rains have slightly damaged the roads leading to the mountain barangay of Buot Taup, Talisay City.

Councilor Rosalita Callino said they asked the City Disaster Coordinating Council (CDCC) to send heavy equipment to repair the roads connecting sitios Pangpang and Laod in Buot Taup 1.

She said heavy rains seeped into the soil in the area resulting to cracks that have caused accidents among motorists and habal-habal (motorcycle-for-hire) drivers.

This hampered the delivery of vegetables to the markets in Tabunok and Carbon.

Callino said barangay officials and residents were filling in soil to compact their roads to make it temporarily passable. /Correspondent Edison delos Angeles


Anti-dye ordinance

A PROPOSED ordinance seeks to ban the use of industrial dye to color fish and meat products in Mandaue City's markets.

Councilor Jimmy Lumapas said artificial colors or dye contains chemicals that are harmful to health.

Violators will be penalized with fines of at least P1,000 or imprisonment of 45 days. /Correspondent Jucelle Marie P. Cuyos


Plastic to fuel

A “PLASTIC TO FUEL” program will be implemented by the Cebu City government under the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Councilor Nida Cabrera, who spearheaded environmental projects during her term as Barangay Luz captain, said pilot barangays include Mabolo, Tinago, Quiot Pardo and Camputhaw.

She said the project aims to minimize non-biodegradable garbage and educe the garbage volume in the Inayawan landfill site which the city plans to eventually close.

Cabrera said composting sites will also be set up in different barangays in Cebu City to further promote solid waste management
(Cebu Daily News)

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